Disney Television Studios has named Stephanie Levinson head of casting at 20th Century Fox Television Studios, Jonathan Bluman head of casting at ABC Studios, and Lindsey Kasabian head of casting at Fox 21 Television Studios.
The trio will lead casting efforts across all series and pilots produced by their respective studios, and will also manage a team of casting executives. Along with FX’s executive vice president Michael Katcher, they will report to Sharon Klein, executive vice president of casting for Disney Television Studios and FX Entertainment, who made the announcement Monday.
“With the volume of programming we are producing and as my responsibilities have expanded, it became clear that we needed seasoned casting executives leading our efforts at each studio,” Klein said. “Stephanie was the first person I thought of to take on a leadership role in this new casting structure. She’s a fantastic executive with superb taste, poise and judgement and has earned the respect and admiration of everyone from showrunners to agents to executives.”
“I’ve known Jonathan since his days in NY as an agent, and he brings a lot of the skills from his former career to this role, from deal making to talent relations. He has done great work for ABC for the past three years for both network and studio, so he was the perfect choice for this new studio role,” she continued. “Lindsey is another protégé of mine who has been the point person for Fox 21 for several years and was more than ready for this additional responsibility. She commands respect and has a great eye for not just marquis talent but for the actor coming up who is poised to break out.”
Most recently, Levinson served as 20th Century Fox Television’s senior vice president, and lead casting efforts on NBC’s “This Is Us,” ABC’s “Modern Family,” and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
Bluman was previously vice president of talent and casting for the ABC Entertainment/ABC Studios’ casting department, where he worked on ABC’s “The Rookie,” Hulu’s “Dollface” and Amazon’s “The Wilds.”
Kasabian was vice president of Fox 21 TV and was the primary casting executive on Showtime’s “Homeland.” She also covers Nat Geo’s “Genius” and “The Hot Zone” starring Julianna Margulies, oversaw the casting of FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” and “Pose.” She is currently working on FX’s “The Old Man” with Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman.
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